LB Hammersmith & Fulham has approved a vision for Earls Court.
The council has approved a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which will guide future development in the area. The SPD has been jointly produced by Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council, the GLA and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The vision is for a new, residential led urban quarter within the Earls Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area that delivers a significant number of new homes, 7,000 new jobs, retail, social, community and cultural facilities. The council says it supports the idea of “comprehensive regeneration across the entire 37.2 hectare Opportunity Area” which includes both Earls Court 1 and 2 Exhibition Centres and is bordered by Warwick Road to the east, the A4 to the north, North End Road to the west and includes the Seagrave Road car park site to the south.
This is the area masterplanned by Farrells for Capital & Counties (Capco). Other major landowners within the area concerned are Transport for London and the council, whose Gibbs Green and West Kensignton estates fall inside the area.
The SPD supports the inclusion of these two estates as part of comprehensive regeneration, citing the potential benefits that this could bring, including new homes for people living on the estates, new job opportunities, new community facilities and a greater range of housing choice.
The council has just completed a separate consultation with residents to help decide whether the estates should be included as part of a Conditional Land Sale Agreement with Capco.
LB Hammersmith & Fulham has said it will only consider including the estates if conditions drawn up by residents can be met, which include new homes, sympathetic approach to decant and keeping neghbours together, and compensation for inonvenience, together with white goods and interior fittings packages.
The SPDhas a series of key objectives and principles including that connectivity across the Opportunity Area must be maximised, that new buildings visible on the skyline should not have a negative impact on the quality of the surrounding area, that retail demand should be met primarily within existing town centres or in an extension of Fulham Town Centre along North End Road, and that new cultural facilities should be created in order to offer a variety of arts and creative facilities.
Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create thousands of jobs, build new homes and secure major neighbourhood improvements such as new schools, parks, health centres and shops. We are determined to continue to explore the potential benefits with local people.”